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Police: Queens Man Charged With Impersonating Cop To Scam Jewelry Stores

Brian Harrington, 31, Was Due To Be Arraigned On A Number Of Charges
(credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880, FILE)

Nassau County Police cruiser (file/credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Nassau County Police have announced the arrest of a Queens man who they say posed as a cop to write bad checks.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Brian Harrington, 31, of Glendale is accused of dressing as a police officer, complete with a badge and a gun in its holster.

Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack said Harrington allegedly impersonated an officer to get his hands on gold chains at two jewelry stores.

According to police, Harrington told the clerks at Rafael’s in Hewlett and Gulgattie Jewelry at the Tri Count Flea Market in Levittown that he was a police officer who lost his debit card, so the clerks let him write out checks totaling more than $5,200.

But the checks were no good because the bank accounts were closed, police said.

“I guess he was using that he was a police officer in order to make the jewelry stores feels more secure that they could trust him,” Lack told Hall. “When he was arrested, the detectives also secured various NYPD clothing.”

Harrington has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of issuing a bad check and criminal impersonation of a police officer. He was due to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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